What’s going on for baby?
During this stage baby will be rolling, sitting, pulling themselves up to a standing position, ‘cruising’ (sidestepping while holding onto furniture), standing on their own, and maybe beginning to walk with help or by themselves.
As their mobility increases, they can decide for themselves where they’ll go and what they’ll explore when they get there!
How can parents and whānau help?
- Share baby’s excitement as they learn to move.
- Encourage new movement skills by giving baby toys that roll, and by putting toys in places that baby has to move to reach them.
- Get down to baby’s level and check around the house and garden for dangerous or precious things that baby shouldn’t touch.
- Move or remove those precious or dangerous things so baby can explore freely and safely. This is called making a ‘Yes!’ environment.